Professor Martin Smith is the Head of the Division. He also serves as the Chief Surgeon and Head of General Surgery at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. It is here that he established the HPB unit in 2001 which has grown to be one of the major training units in South Africa.
Surgery has progressed over the last 5 years. There was a change in leadership over the last Surgery has progressed over the last five years. There was a change in leadership over the last two years with Professor Veller stepping down after being appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Professor Martin Smith assumed the headship in March 2013. Professor Ramokgopa was appointed Academic Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor Loveland was appointed Academic Head of Paediatric Surgery, and Professor E Ndobe Head of Plastic Surgery. Subspecialty divisions include General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurology, Plastic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The Department of Surgery is part of the cluster which includes Surgery, Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Forensic Medicine. This cluster is managed by the HOD of General Surgery, Professor Martin Smith.